For just 1 day, Dubliners will take their creativity to the streets, occupy parking spaces and transform them into parklets in over 20 locations in Dublin City.
Dublin Park(ing) Day is a not -for-profit community event supported by Dublin City Council as part of EU Mobility Week, a series of events promoting better mobility.
Park(ing) Day‘s mission is “intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play” – Rebar.
What is Park(ing) Day?
Faolán Bashford from Dublin Park(ing) Day said, “Park(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape. The importance of good, livable streets is integral to the success of our towns and cities. We are encouraging everyone to take part, to see what can be done to animate and enrich the city”.
Park(ing) Day is a free annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “Park(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project was initiated by art and design studio Rebar in 2005 in San Francisco with a single metered parking space and has evolved into a global movement. You can register for a space here.
This year’s participants include – I BIKE Dublin, Dublin Roller Derby, The Lalala Choir, Henry Fitness Centre, The Black Sheep, Dublin Bay North Green Party, Dublin Men’s Sheds, A Playful City/Connect the Dots, Sona 10 Workspace, Grangegorman Development Agency, Dublin Cycling Campaign, Dublin CSA, Cuckoo Events, DHR Communications, MCO, MOLA Architects, Dublin City Council, An Taisce.
But there is still plenty of room for more Artists, Designers, Public Awareness Campaigners, Businesses, Creatives and Clever Cool Citizens – anyone who can make the city brighter for one day.